(London) The body of a British hiker who has been missing in the French Pyrenees since last November was found by her companion, the association representing her family said on Tuesday, adding that an accident is considered the “most likely” hypothesis .
Posted on Aug 10, 2021 at 10:41 am
Esther Dingley, 37, drove from France to Spain in late October before the French authorities decided on the second sentence. She wanted to benefit from more flexible traffic conditions in Spain for a mountain hike.
Since a WhatsApp message on November 22, 2020, she had not given a sign of life. Her companion, who had remained in France, had sounded the alarm and deployed considerable research resources on both sides of the border.
Bones found near a path in Bagnères-de-Luchon in the south of France at the end of July had been identified as belonging to him according to a DNA report by the Toulouse scientific police.
“The body of Esther Dingley and her equipment were found on the afternoon of August 9 in the Pyrenees near the site of a bone,” said the LBT Global association, which represents her family, in a press release.
After the discovery of his companion Daniel Colegate, forensic teams were sent there.
“At this point in time, the accident hypothesis is considered to be the most likely given the location and the other elements,” explains the association.
Esther Dingley had to make a loop around the Pic de Safeguard (at 2738 m altitude) “between Spain (where her car was parked) and France and spend a night in the refuge of (Port de) Vénasque,” the investigators said.
According to a BBC account, the couple had been traveling Europe by caravan for six years.
The companion had told the BBC that he had stayed to guard a house in a vineyard in Biscay while Esther Dingley went on the trip with her trailer.